5 (non-Star Wars) animated series like The Clone Wars

Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 709 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” - Image Courtesy Disney+
Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 709 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” - Image Courtesy Disney+ /
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4. Voltron – Legendary Defender

Length: 8 seasons

If you’re looking for an epic space opera with universe-altering consequences, you might want to check out Netflix’s update of Voltron. If you’ve been avoiding the latest version of Voltron because you associate it with the cartoon from the eighties that you assumed was a Transformers knockoff, you need to give this one a chance.

The latest iteration of Voltron has all the hallmarks of a classic space opera that we’re all familiar with. There are space battles, inspired by aerial dogfighting. There are fantastic planets with strange and interesting creatures. And as for the main plot of the series, there’s a princess leading a ragtag team of fighters against an evil empire. Sound familiar? Plus, all of this is done with the charm and excitement you have come to expect from the Star Wars animated series.

From Netflix:

"They never guessed they’d have to save the universe. But together, they’ll form a mighty robot and take on cosmic evil."

3. Samurai Jack

Length: 5 seasons

One thing you never got tired of seeing during The Clone Wars, was one man with a sword (or lightsaber) taking out an entire army of robots. If those action sequences were your favorite parts of the show, you should try watching Samurai Jack. Featuring a samurai from the past trapped in the future, this show has no shortage of incredibly animated sequences with a quick pace allowing an unusually high amount of action in any given episode.

In fact, Samurai Jack had a direct influence on The Clone Wars. It was creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s work on Samurai Jack that allowed him to create and animate the first Clone Wars TV series (the one from 2003). This micro-series was the one that paved the way for the animated masterpiece that we all love today.

From HBOmax:

"Samurai Jack must battle in a dystopian future ruled by the man who destroyed his father’s empire, the wizard Aku."